used to be a hoarding on the way to Mumbai Airport. It had Mahatma
Gandhi saying: "Find purpose. Means will follow." I, for
one, have always believed that Gandhian philosophy is as relevant
to modern management as the theories taught in most B-schools.
Leadership is about finding a purpose and then charging others into
pursuing that purpose with a collective sense of enthusiasm. Leadership
is also about creating, sustaining and directing this collective
charge for a shared purpose.
Over the years, I have found great purpose
in being a participant in the process of developing India's infrastructure
and in being able to give shape to many ideas and initiatives aimed
at helping this process through my company, Feedback Ventures.
I have found a great sense of meaning and fulfilment
in leading a group of dedicated professionals committed to building
the country's infrastructure.
Good leadership requires you to direct your
charge in the framework laid down by The Gita: that of nishkama
karmayoga or duty without desire. Where the journey, the goal, the
mission, the collective charge is in itself the reason for the effort.
A true leader should always remember that ultimately,
life is a passage, and to make that passage meaningful and fulfilling,
he needs to find a purpose, share it with his fellow travellers,
and steer his ship courageously to achieve shared goals. Doing this
is the essence of leadership. And every leader knows that when you
find purpose, means will follow.